Want my tasty balls in your mouth?!
How could you say no to that, right?! Okay, okay, maybe it sounds a little dirty but they are really tasty balls!
I’ve been wanting to play around with some recipes to find a solid recipe that has been approved (by my boyfriends (or others) taste buds, and my requirements) to send to my clients. There are definitely A TON online and really easy to find, but all the ones I found were either too high in fat, not enough protein or something that I could eat – so I wasn’t impressed.
Any ways, I was prompted by our gym having an ‘in-house’ competition and me wanting to provide something to the athletes for some quick and easy refueling between workouts. I looked back at a few previous recipes I’ve bookmarked and found two that I’ve been wanting to try – so, I did! We trialed the first one and made some adjustments (thank you to my boyfriend who was my guinea pig in tasting them). Based on that, I made a few adjustments to both the recipes and then decided to make my own! Here’s how they went (excuse the pictures and lack thereof, I am terrible at pictures… *enter eye roll here*)…
After putting the numbers in and seeing the protein super low on both the PaleOMG recipes, I wanted to make something that would be better for the athlete’s to digest during workouts. So, I tried out a recipe from scratch! Did one small test batch, made a couple adjustments and this was the second batch recipe (I apologize that I had only weighed the ingredients and not measured):
Bonnie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls
~ 55g Gluten Free Quick Oats
~ 40g Pea Protein Powder
~ 17g Honey
~ 40g homemade Walnut Butter
~ 33g Powdered PB
~ 4g flaxseed meal
~ 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
~ 1 tsp of salt
~ 30g Dairy, nut and soy free chocolate chips
How to make these glorious balls:
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl (except the chocolate chips) and mix by hand.
2. Transfer to food processor, add water (start with about a tablespoon and go from there. You make need to add more if the ingredients aren’t sticking together) until all ingredients blended.
3. Transfer back to bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
4. I used a 1.5 tablespoon spoon – made only 10 balls so I had to do another batch (which I changed a bit – this is that recipe), roll into ball and place in container.
Still wasn’t happy with the numbers, so next time I will reduce the vanilla, up the protein and maybe add in some unsweetened applesauce instead of water. Enough about my glorious self-made balls, that taste pretty damn good… Below is the second PaleOMG recipe (My changes to the recipe are shown behind in [ ]) and my Walnut Butter recipe – saved the best for last! hehe
The following recipe was a given because of the time of year (basic..), and it seems everyone enjoyed them!
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Energy Balls [Bonnie’s version: Pumpkin Spice Yum Balls]
~ 1 cup raw cashew butter [245g homemade Walnut Butter – see recipe at ….]
~ 8 pitted medjool dates [70g – which was much more than 8 dates]
~ 3 tablespoons maple syrup [20g honey]
~ 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
~ 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal [11g]
~ 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
~ 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice [7g]
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~ ½ cup mini chocolate chips [did not use]
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (except chocolate chips) until all ingredients blended. (remove and fold in chocolate chips) 2. Use a cookie scoop [Again, I used a 1.5 tablespoon spoon for consistency – made 16 balls], roll into ball and place in container. 3. Place in fridge until serving.
Now, the one you’ve been waiting for — Homemade Walnut Butter! It’s a thing… I should sell it.
I change between a few ways of making this, depending what it is for and what I’m feeling. For the balls, this is how I made it:
~ 250g walnut pieces
~ 35g honey
~ salt (to preferred saltiness)
1.Blend in food processor until to desired consistency (i.e. chunky or smooth). 2. Transfer to container and store in fridge. That is all.
This week, I made my Walnut Butter a bit differently! Mostly because I was trying to get in more fats in one of my meals – here’s what I did:
~ 150g walnut pieces
~ 40g coconut oil
~ 10g Honey
Blend, etc. then yum in my tum! I’ve been told you can roast the walnuts before making the butter – I haven’t tried this yet but I will at some point!
Hope you get a chance to try out these balls – I highly recommend it 😉
Until next time…
(Chocolate Walnut Brownie Energy Balls – Pumpkin Spice Yum Balls – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls)